Your colour palette
First of all, you have to understand that dark colours “close” in an environment while light colours “open” it up. Therefore, never use dark colours, such as dark purples, greens or reds in a small space as these will make it look and feel even smaller. Instead, paint the walls in light colours, such as white, light blues and pinks, or even a dove grey to create a light and airy space. I probably talked about it over and over again, but because I am like you tutor you know ;) Annoying but useful!Just look at my the choices below. Isn't it the perfect 'pink' shades?! I hear you!
|Great examples of adding artwork onto pink walls! |
Image 1: Norsu Interiors & Image 2: Magdalena Tyboni art
Plan your layout
|Another great examples from INT2Architecture, these guys designed the small space appear larger with such a style!|
Another quite important part! I talked before about windows before and my idea of keeping them plain. Your vertical spaces are just as important as your horizontal ones, especially in small areas. In regards to your windows, you should be aiming to reduce their visual impact rather than emphasising it. Instead of heavy, bulky curtains and blinds, install high-quality window shutters to create a streamlined window dressing that affords you privacy and gives you control over air flow and natural light. Of course, if you fan of curtains that;s a different story but just remember the quality over quantity. If you go for heavy textured curtains, then avoid too much patterns. If you prefer patterns then chose lighter curtain fabric! Easy to remember!
|This amazing dual-purpose table is available from Ivy designs|
A way to avoid cluttering your small space with multiple items of furniture is to choose items that serve a dual-purpose. Always choose furniture that offers storage over items that do not, such as a bed with a frame that lifts up to reveal a large storage space, or a footstool that not only provides extra seating but also opens up to offer storage inside. You should also opt for furniture that can be decreased in size when not in use, such as a dining table that has a drop-leaf.
|Small space and just perfect example of using mirrors to enlarge space image credit|
A clever trick that we interior designers do is the strategic placement of mirrors. Choose a large mirror, either width-wise or height-wise, and position it against the wall opposite to the window for maximum effect. Placing it here will create the illusion of another window, but if this space is not free, then placing a large mirror anywhere in the room will help to reflect light and thereby make the area seem larger than it is. I have 2 mirrors in my hallway corridor and the trick works!
|Another amazing example from INT2 Architecture, you can read here about the small apartment with love!|
Small spaces may be a pain, but you can make the most of them with a few DIY tricks that create the illusion of space and offer high functionality teamed with great design. Just look through my blog to find more examples of my own changes, not just perfect styled apartments :)